Leeds have a tough task if they are to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals for the first time since losing 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield five years ago. Arsenal are in form and are unbeaten in seven matches. In this competition alone they have racked up nine goals without reply in two ties against lower-league opposition.
Marcelo Bielsa is serious about the cup competitions. The humbling at Crawley Town in the FA Cup last season is an experience he does not want repeating – not that defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates would equate to such.
Injury issues remain for Bielsa, who may avoid risking midfielder Kalvin Phillips (hip) despite him being an unused substitute in the draw with Wolves. Raphinha’s foot injury, which saw him leave the pitch in pain and the ground in a protective boot, appears less serious than first feared but one suspects it’s wise to rest him.
United have sold out their allocation for Emirates Stadium. The noise the fans made at Fulham in the last round, when several youngsters held their nerve in the shootout, may be enough to help Leeds over the line against the Gunners… even if it is teenage kicks all through the night.
Mikel Arteta’s side started the 2021-22 campaign with two league defeats before they got their season up and running with a 6-0 demolition of Championship side West Brom in the second round.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick, with Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette also on target.
League One AFC Wimbledon visited the Emirates in the third round, but the hosts took an early lead through a Lacazette penalty, before late goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah sealed a routine 3-0 success for Arsenal.
Arsenal have won the League Cup twice, but not since 1992-93, although they reached the final in 2007, 2011 and 2018.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes nine changes to his side following Friday’s win against Aston Villa, with only Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe keeping their places.
Bernd Leno, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe all come in.
Arsenal XI: Leno, Cedric, White, Holding, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah
Marcelo Bielsa makes four changes to the Leeds United side that drew 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday, handing a debut to 19-year-old defender Cody Drameh.
Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips come into midfield and Tyler Roberts returns in attack. Liam Cooper, Jamie Shackleton, Mateusz Klich and Raphinha drop out.
Leeds XI: Meslier, Drameh, Llorente, Struijk, Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw, James, Roberts, Harrison, Rodrgio.